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Parent Information Relating to Special Education
All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
When other events become available they will be posted at:
Note that The FCPS Parent Resource Center is still open, and it continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators, and community members.  The staff there can help you find answers and solve problems.
Email:   Phone: 703-204-3941
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board is providing free access to Web and mobil tools to support our resilience and well-being. Appropriate for ages 13-adult. Start here:
Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success
Fri. May 1, 10 am-noon, Webinar
Learn strategies to help support your pK-12 child’s learning with realistic expectations, routines, and organizational supports.
FFFP: Pre-ETS, Customized, Supported, Creative Employment
May 1 @ 10:00 am-noon, Webinar with Recorded Option
Learn about Pre-Employment Transition Serv. and Vocational Rehab., including services, how to apply, and benefits for students with developmental disabilities.
Screening:  It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health
Sun. May 3, 4:00– 5:30 pm, Via Zoom
Learn about  mental health issues of college students, and how these can be managed with specific treatments.  Know when to seek help.
Dr. Dan’s Support Group for Parents of Exceptional Kids  
Mondays 1-2 pm, starting May 4, Online
This new support group for parents of special needs children and youth will be facilitated by a behavioral pediatrician.
Disability Benefits:  VA’s Medicaid Waivers and Social Security
Mon. May 4, 7-9 pm, Webinar
Disability benefits are tricky.  Learn about Social Security benefits and VA’s Medicaid Waiverswhat they are, who is eligible, and how do to apply.
Talk Saves Lives
Tue. May 5, 6:30-8:00 pm. Online
Suicide can be prevented. Learn about suicide prevention, including common risk factors, warning signs, and how to stay safe.
Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents
Friday, May 8, 9:00-10:30 am Online
Connect with fellow special needs parents and business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices.
Maintaining Wellness and School Supports During COVID-19
Fri. May 8, 10 am-noon, Webinar
Learn strategies for maintaining wellness for self and family, how to notice children’s stress, activities to foster resilience, and other resources.
More Than Sad: Teen Depression — Presentation for Parents
Sun. May 10, 4-6 pm, Via Zoom
This program teaches care giving adults about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages those who are struggling to seek help.
Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are Home 24/7
Fri. May 15, 10 am-noon, Webinar
Learn how to manage sibling relationships, and resistance to homework, while having children help with chores around the house.
Screening:  It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health
Tue. May 19, 6:30– 8:00 pm, Via Zoom
Learn about  mental health issues of college students, and how these can be managed with specific treatments and interventions.  Know when to seek help.
Talk Saves Lives
Thu. May 21, 6:30-8:00 pm. Via Zoom
Suicide can be prevented. Learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves and others safe.
Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents
Fri. May 22, 9:30-10:30 am, Online
Connect with fellow special needs parents & business owners, while building your referral network. Meets every other Friday.
Managing Stress in Children
Wed. May 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm,
Learn the signs and symptoms of stress as well as techniques on how to engage in positive ways with your children to avoid stress at home and  school.
More Than Sad: Teen Depression — Presentation for Parents
Thu. May 28, 6:30-8:00 pm, Via Zoom
This program teaches care giving adults about depression, demystifies treatment, and encourages those who are struggling to seek help.
Plan Ahead — Transition University — 5-session self-paced online course
Sun. June 7,  8:00 pm – Monday, July 20,  4:00 pm
Parents/guardians of school-age children can learn how to navigate the transition process to prepare their children for the adult world.
Plan Ahead — An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child —9 session course
Tuesdays June 23-Aug. 25, Via Zoom
This program is to help parents identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  For parents of children ages 3-12.
Register:  $ Cost varies.
Support Groups
All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate.  Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is respected.  Many, but not all, have switched to online format.
Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:
Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or
CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  or call 703-472-4678.
  • Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin:
  • Loudoun County CHADD Parent Support 3rd Tue. morning of the month in Sterling.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932 or on Facebook @loudounahdhsupport
  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.
  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  or 703-716-4646.
CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact: or call 703-799-2882.
D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George or call 703- 545-6089.
Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.
Kinship Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead: or 703-246-4653
Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at
NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Naomi 703-862-9588
OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:   or  call 202-215-5859.
Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:
OCD Family Support Group 1st Monday of each month 7:30 pm. Contact: or call 202-215-5859
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at:
Parents of Autistic Teens meets the 2nd Sat. of each month in Oakton.  Contact:  Maria Dubuc 703-970-3676 or